Friday, Holtålen

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Eidet Bridge. Stone bridge completed in 1853. There are only two such bridges in Norway.

The municipality of Holtålen consists principally of the villages of Ålen (the municipality's main centre) and Haltdalen. In addition there are the two mountain hamlets of Aunegrenda and Hessdalen. Hessdalen is approximately 5 km from the municipality's centre and very well known for UFO observations.

Holtålen, with its 2150 inhabitants, is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and has much to offer that is of historical and natural interest, as well as hunting and fishing. The abundant animal life includes moose, reindeer and roe-deer. There is good salmon and trout fishing in the river Gaula, and the municipality boasts several excellent fishing lakes.

Mining history
The municipality contains much that is of interest, in addition to the Hessdalen phenomenon (UFO).

Ea watherfall at Holtålen.
Holtålen has, amongst other things, a long history of iron and copper ore extraction. The last mine, Killingdal, was closed in 1986.

Remnants from the days of mining are still to be seen: e.g. Eidet Smelting Works, Leset Smelting Works, Killingdal mines and a number of primitive iron ore plants. As yet there are no regular guided tours of these places, but printed information is available, and people who wish to visit them are at liberty to do so.

Eidet Bridge

There is a preserved stone bridge at Ea Falls, which was completed in 1853. There are only two such bridges to be found in Norway.

Ea Falls
At one time there was a mill here, which was built long before 1800, but was still standing in 1882. Three large hand-hewn millstones remain, and remind us of the way in which our forefathers lived.

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Eidet Bridge.  Stone bridge comple…
Eidet Bridge. Stone bridge compl…
Ea watherfall at Holtålen.
Ea watherfall at Holtålen.
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